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    2 comments  ·  Health & Human Services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Steve Rayborn commented  · 

    If you are currently on welfare or any kind of government subsistance you must be monthly or bi-monthly tested for nicotine, alcohol and drugs. If you can afford to purchase cigarettes, alcohol or drugs, you do not need support from the taxpayers!!

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    Steve Rayborn commented  · 

    If you are currently on welfare or any kind of government subsistance you must be monthly or bi-monthly tested for nicotine, alcohol and drugs. If you can afford to purchase cigarettes, alcohol or drugs, you do not need support from the taxpayers!!

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    3 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Steve Rayborn commented  · 

    The consolidation of school districts would be an effective approach to this. Consolidation at the county level is a great start. Cut the number of school districts down from over 110 to 44. Eliminate the district management for only 3 schools which we have a great number of.

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    8 comments  ·  General Government  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    The original proposal in Utah was passed during the time gas was over $4.00 a gallon and expectations were much higher in savings, but there was substantial savings due to the tremendous drop in overtime after going to the 4-10 hour day schedule. Idaho has already cut overtime in almost every department and held employee new hires to a minimum with exceptions only in extreme need situations. The 4-10 hour day schedule would be a very worthwhile experiment, but in the depts of Ed and Prof Tech Ed, the school districts would have to be on the same schedule or be very aware that support would not be available on Fridays.

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    3 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    In addition to my other post, by consolidating districts there is no reduction in teacher to student face to face time thus should not negatively impact student performance as Mr. Luna is so concerned about.
    Another add to this consolidation would be offering early retirement packages to those teachers within 2 years of their rule of 90 dates. this would enable districts to keep their newly hired teachers under 3 years who are currently at risk to be cut due to the budget situation. The new teachers are our future in education, coming to us with the latest in technology capabilities and current teaching strategies. Those close to retirement are going to retire anyway.

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    Steve Rayborn commented  · 

    District should be consolidated based on county lines. Only exception might be Boise School District and Meridian School District due to their student population already. There are way too many school districts that amange less than 200 students. I am surprised this wasn't an option looked at coming into this fiscal year. Looking forward the next 2 years are not going to be much better.

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    1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Steve Rayborn commented  · 

    By consolidating school districts this would happen. Keep in mind every school district has at least one superintendent and support staff. It would not be a 1 to 1 reduction because as the responsible district grows through consolidation it would require more than 1 superintendent, maybe an asst. super, but numbers and cost of salaries would be greatly reduced.

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    3 comments  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Steve Rayborn commented  · 

    In response to bjmac1's comment, I am not so sure that the existing state health coverage is "better" than all of the school district coverages. I do agree that as a single state entity including all school districts you should be able to negotiate a very good coverage package that would be less expensive for all state employees, including teachers.

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    1 comment  ·  Education  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Steve Rayborn commented  · 

    Actually you could cut the number of districts down to equal or almost equal the number of counties in the state. Exceptions might be Boise School District and Meridian School District due to their student population.

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